Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Top News!

Thank to everyone who participated in the member drive! We are excited to have crossed a new threshold: 7,000 members!

The June Member Drive is over, but you can always invite people to become a member or subscribe to our free seeker publication, Listen. Thank you again for collaborating with SDI to raise awareness of spiritual direction around the world and across traditions.


Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 31 July, we want to know:

Violence seems to be increasing around the world. We believe spiritual direction has the potential to increase peace and justice. How have you helped spiritual directees reflect on their personal response to social needs? Share your response now.

Presence Journal

Spiritual Directors International is always looking for quality poetry to print in its various publications. If you are a poet or have friends are poets, please send submissions to [email protected].




Featured Resources

Do you need fresh ideas and contemplative suggestions to offer the people you journey alongside? Each month, SDI features a few resources you can incorporate in your spiritual care for others.

  1. Sean Murphy and Rev. Jane Vennard, MDiv, discuss participation in silent retreats.

    Questions this video addresses:
    1. How can silence be a path to stillness?
    2. In what ways can community grow during and after a silent retreat?
    3. What are the shadow sides of silence? What can we learn from that?
  2. Supervision is an essential discipline for spiritual directors. The Supervision Task Force has worked tirelessly to create and compile information and resources about supervision for the SDI website. If you have any feedback or would like to contribute to the continual development of supervision resources, please e-mail [email protected].

    Thank you to Wendie Bernstein Lash, Lucy Abbott Tucker, Care Crawford, Maureen McDonnell, and Karen Erlichman for your work on the Supervision Task Force!


Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and Spiritual Directors International is the place to learn.

We are excited to announce details for the contemplative retreat following the 2017 Seek Connection conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Retreat participants will connect with each other, creation, and the Divine at Loyola Retreat House in Guelph, Ontario. Situated on six-hundred acres of land, this silent retreat with individual spiritual direction is sure to offer spaciousness and inspiration. Learn more on the SDI website.



As a seeker, are you curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive? Learn how to take the first step with Lauren Burdette and spiritual seekers around the world during a free teleconference on 16 August. RSVP today!


August Webinar: Creating Safe Space on the Margins
Providing opportunities for men and women recovering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness to explore their spirituality is a ministry of healing and wholeness. 

Sometimes the greatest challenge is learning to work with the agencies and recovery-centered programs. This webinar will offer ways to connect with—and navigate through—the systems that are in place and share curriculum topics that will guide individuals in sharing their story. Register today!


Cultural humility and radical hospitality are core principles that inform both the ministry and service of spiritual direction and the recovery journey. As spiritual directors, we walk alongside those who may be wrestling with the challenges of addiction. How can we best serve with an open heart as vessels of transformation and healing?

In this webinar, we will explore specific practices, tools, and resources for spiritual directors companioning people with addiction and their loved ones, such as prayer, meditation, ritual, and embodied practice. Spiritual direction with people in recovery also includes commitment to social justice issues that directly affect addiction and codependency. Come and explore resources from a variety of faiths and cultural traditions utilizing specific case examples. Register today!


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to [email protected] by midnight Pacific Standard Time 18 July and be entered to win an SDI goodie! Winner* will be notified 19 July and announced in the next month's issue of Discover.

Who will be the teleconference guest speaker in August? HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our June winner was Donna Elftmann who received an SDI tote bag. Congratulations, Donna!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

Classified Announcements

2017 Full-time and Part-time Programs for the Formation of Spiritual Directors at Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Studies foster a discerning, contemplative approach through which students become more attuned to the movement of God's Spirit in themselves and in their directees. Programs include: Discernment, Religious Experience, Grace and Conversion, Psychological Aspects of Spiritual Direction, Ethics/Professional Standards for Spiritual Directors, Ecological Theology, The Human Experience of God. Applications now invited. Limited accommodation available for international students. See brochure and application form at

Executive Director, Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, North Andover, MA
The New England Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks an Executive Director for Rolling Ridge, a hospitality, training, and program ministry. Located 25 miles from Boston, this 1920s estate on 38 beautiful lakeside acres provides retreats and programs in a quiet place of reflection and renewal. Apply by Sept. 30, 2016.

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